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Payroll Processor Salary

Payroll Processors in the United States pull down an average of $16.14 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (89 percent) of Payroll Processors who took the survey are female. Most Payroll Processors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority.
$28,165 - $48,129
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$48K
MEDIAN: $39,021
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$12.01 - $21.33
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,165 - $48,129  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,461  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,641 - $46,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $21.33  
   
Overtime
$19.59 - $30.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,461  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$25,641 - $46,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Microsoft Excel, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll Processors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $33K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. Payroll Processors bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 26%